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Re: package ownership in Debian (was: Why does Ubuntu have all the ideas?)

On Fri, 28 Jul 2006, martin f krafft wrote:
> also sprach Matthew Garrett <mgarrett@chiark.greenend.org.uk> [2006.07.28.1737 +0100]:
> > If Debian had slightly less of a culture of "Keep your hands off
> > my package", I'd do it here instead.
> I've been thinking about this a lot for the past week.
> Is there any way this could be changed?

Yes, and we could start by really enforcing co-maintainership.  Make it 100%
mandatory for all essential, required and base packages at first.

Co-maintainers are much closer to what is being done in a package than
joe-random developer.   Also, co-maintainership is far less prone to
fire-and-forget uploads that hose things, and are nicer to people who feel
very strongly about their packages.

IMO, if we could reach a better level of resilience, lower response times,
and agility with co-maintainership, it would be better than going to the
extreme Ubuntu did.

> Does Debian *want* it changed?

I personally would welcome it.

  "One disk to rule them all, One disk to find them. One disk to bring
  them all and in the darkness grind them. In the Land of Redmond
  where the shadows lie." -- The Silicon Valley Tarot
  Henrique Holschuh

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